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. our susan candiotti joins us with the latest on the investigation. >> and of course the question is, why an attack on this 34-year-old diplomat who had been in the country for about eight years now working at the nicaraguan mission. cesar mercado. and police found not one but two knives. and they weren't found next to his body. they were found in the bathroom of the small studio apartment where the diplomat lived. cesar mercado, apparently one of the knives were a steak knife according to new york police commissioner paul brown. and he says it was found near the bathroom sink and the sink was filled with blood, unfortunately. and the second knife was a smaller paring knife and that was found inside the sink. so why the positioning of the knives? so many questions to be answered here. his body was found just inside the front door. and when the driver came, the door was unlocked. he opened it up, looked inside, saw the body, and immediately called the police. so they have a lot to try to figure out. his throat, indeed, was cut. and they also said that he was stabbed in the stomach. so
to come and change washington by the knew candidates is useful. >> reporter: he pointed to a number of recent primaries and establishment candidates were knocked out by conservatives, including christine o'donnell from delaware. grassroots 7, little bit zero. islam has been a big topic for speakers here and bill bennett, host of "morning in america" spoke of terrorist acts made in the name of islam and islamic leaders who have not repudiated the acts. >> we are angry at what the religion has done to itself and to us. this is a righteous anger. we are angry at what leaders of this religion fail to say. >> reporter: activists head back to the districts on sunday and will attempt to turn the energy into votes. julie? >> julie: caroline shivley reporting from washington, thank you so much, gregg. >> gregg: the results of the highly anticipated straw poll are in. 2,000 conservatives voters putting in their two cents worth deciding who should run in 2012. here it is, according to the family research council, congressman mike pence is the winner. come in second, mike huckabee followed by m
and the league open an investigation. she shares her story with us in the studio. early this tuesday morning, the studio. early this tuesday morning, september 14th, 2010. captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning to you. i'm erica hill. >> it is a tuesday. we welcome you all to a special west coast updated edition. 7:00 a.m. pacific time of "the early show" and want to get to breaking news this morning. in iran, american hiker sarah shourd out of prison after days of confusion and more than a year after she and two companions were arrested and accused of spying. elizabeth palmer is in london with the very latest. liz, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, what ri. yes, sarah shourd's lawyer spoke to cbs news not so long ago and confirmed she was released from evin prison and traveling to the gulf where her family's waiting for her. >> breaking news that we have coming in right now -- >> reporter: almost immediately iran's english language tv made an official announcement. >> iran released the u.s. national sarah shourd. the other two americans are in detention. they were$w >> reporter: s
in new york within the next couple of hours. our susan candiotti is in new york for us. susan, good morning to you. it seems sarah already has an itinerary set for her when she gets back. >> reporter: oh, that's right. she'll be busy with a news conference, or at least reading from a prepared statement when she gets back. of course, we're all looking forward to hearing that. you know, t.j., you can certainly be sure this will be a day of mixed emotions for sarah shourd. of course, she will be thrilled to be setting foot on u.s. soil for the first time in more than 13 months, but after all, she is leaving behind her two friends, including her fiance, shane bauer, to whom she became engaged while she was in prison in iran, as well as her other friend josh fattal. of course, they were released from iran and arrived in oman earlier this week. on tuesday she was met which her mom and her uncle at the time. and this followed secret negotiations that took place. our senior correspondent nic robertson has learned they began about eight months ago, and at first, he said, he learned from oman
and now she's using her a young mother of three defies death and now she's using her life to make a difference. captions paid for by nbc-universatelevision >>> good evening. coming off of a drama of some of this week's state primary contests, beeve it or not, not all the political focus these days is on the november midterm elections. the run-up to the 2012 presidential campaign is also slowly starting to build. tonight, those handicapping the potential republican challengers are trying to figure out wha to make of sarah palin's high profile appearance this weekend in a place where presidential runs usually get off the grou. nbc's in washington to tell us more. >> reporter: sarah palin is becoming a party king-maker while at the same time defying the reblican establishment. now the question is will she, can she, try to parlay that popularity with the conservative base into a successful run for the oval office? for sarah palin, these are heady days. >> it's time for no more business as usual. it is time to take our country back. >> reporter: fresh off a string of primary victories
in u.s. history, word tonight the blownout well is finally sealed. back on shore, the american woman jailed in iran more than a year is finally home and declaring her innocence. shourd meeting with reporters earlier today in manhattan. calling for the release of her two companions who remain in prison in iran. the 32-year-old accused of espionage insists she and her friends are not spies. >> my hope is that by learning who we are and how we came to be in this diverse and fascinating region of the world, directly from my lips, it will help clear up any doubt and end shane and josh's detention. >> shourd was freed last tuesday after officials in oman, an ally of course of both iran and the u.s., mediated a $500,000 bail. we don't know who posted that bail and peter doocy in the studio with the latest, hi there, peter. >> after 400 days in iran's prison, sar shourd is back in the united states. she expressed sincere thanks to the religious leaders of iran and no details how she was treated in jail and said at that prison left her spirit bruised, but not broken and fiance and friends wer
30 years in prison for a crime they say they never committed. >>> great to have you with us, everybody. just weeks before the midterm elections both republicans and democrats are trying to figure out whether the tea party movement will help or hurt them. there's so much discontent over the economy and high unemployment that americans are telling us in poll after poll that the status quo just won't work any more. in the politco george washington battleground poll only 28% said the country was headed in the right direction. 63% said it was on the wrong track. a brand-new poll out today gives us insights as to how they're feeling about the tea party. chief washington correspondent nora nor norah o'donnell joins me now. tell me what it gives us as we're heading into november. >> it reflects what we've seen in our poll, a lot of americans are fed up with the direction of this country. they don't trust washington. they don't trust big institutions. and they want change. and then you see segments of the voting population that not only want change, but they are mad as hell and that
do. shannon travis, good to have you here with us. we're going to be checking in with you in a little bit on this cnn saturday morning. thank you so much. >> absolutely. >>> sarah palin endorsed the other guy who actually won that primary, but she is headlining now the gop's biggest fundraiser. she did this last night in des moines. revved up the republican base at the reagan dinner saying we can't wait until 2012 to get our country back on track. palin didn't say anything about her plans to maybe run for president. instead she helped little-known candidates win like christine o'donnell the republican primary in delaware on tuesday. >>> well, the iowa caucuses, of course, is always the first test of presidential candidates. we'll get you that sound, let you hear from sarah palin in just a bit. it is day two, the conservative political gathering known as the values voter summit in washington. it highlights the gop's promise and peril heading into midterm elections. bill bennett will be taking the stage at 9:25 eastern this morning. former speaker of the house newt gingrich going to add
was just given that update. >> whitmore will be our guest and he will let us know about this organization and what they meant by they would soon join their dead relatives in heaven. i will be interviewing him live in moments from now. meantime, after over a year in captivity and a notorious iranian prison, one of three american hikers who lost her way on the iraq-iran border is back in america. she is here in new york will in fact, she just spokey united nations where she maintains her innocence in the uh fair. >> shane and josh do not deserve to be in prison one day longer than i was. we committed no crime, and we are not spies. we in no way intended harm to the government or its people and believe a huge misunderstanding lead to our detention and prolonged imprisonment. >> her fiancee, shane and their friend josh remain in tehran's prison. >>> also in new york city, prap not a coincidence -- perhaps not a coincidence, the iranian president meeting with the secretary general. this week he will be attending meetings at the united nations' general assembly. we go now live to washington wit
shawn stepped in to sit down with ahmadinejad. and he joins us now. eric? >> well, jon, he accused me of trying to order him about what to say. he claimed i was representing the united states government and the united nations security council and that i am backed by the defense department. i assured him i'm an objective reporter asking questions and some he clearly did not like. well, he did wish the american people, quote, the good people of america a happy time. he defended those controversial remarks about 9/11 that have angered so many. >> you wished americans well, but you have insulted millions and millions of americans by claiming that the u.s. government had a hand in 9/11. quite frankly, sir, how could you say such an insane and nutty thing? >> would you address your own president the same way? would they ever allow you to? >> in terms of that remark, sir, in terms of those remarks. >> you probably didn't read the full remark. >> yesterday. what evidence do you have that the u.s. government is responsible for 9/11? well, you are smiling. do you believe the government had a ha
yellin joining us from dover. a pretty big upset, yes? >> reporter: huge, kyra. huge upset. christine o'donnell was far behind in the polls. had significantly less money and was being gunned for by national republicans and republicans in her own state who are running, running in a campaign essentially against her. she was up against the establishment supported candidate mike castle, nine-term congressman from this state. very well-known. but she surprised everyone and won last night. the big question now is can she go on and win in a general election? this is a state that's heavily democratic and there's news now, kyra, the national republicans have said essentially because they think she cannot win they're not going to pour money into her race. i got a chance to talk to her last night and asked her what she thinks of the fact that the national republicans won't support her. here's a bit of that interview. we've been told this evening gnat national republicans, party organization that often funds campaigns like yours is not going to fund yours and many national republicans said simply y
. >> the swiss who have been negotiating for her release, but there's no confirmation yet from the u.s. government which, of course, is not represented here. it's frankly a confusing day because there are reports that she was being released. we heard at first, but then there was paperwork to be done. there are reports, richard, that money was paid. >> we have just had a statement from the mother of sarah shourd, she said i hoped and prayed for this moment for 410 days and i cannot wait to wrap sarah in my arms. she goes on to say i can only imagine how bitter sweet her freedom is for her leaving shane and josh behind. she was hiking with josh fattal and shane bauer near the iraq/iran border. they remain in custody. ali arouzi is there right now. do you know what is in store for josh and shane? >> we got a report from the judiciary that their custody will be extended by two months. that may seem ominous, but that's the first time the authorities put a time frame on their jail time. they never said how long they will keep them for. they never formally charged them. today the chief prosec
their paths will keep them away from the eastern u.s. but bermuda will probably be in the sights of igor and most likely julia will not affect anything but can't rule out the eastern coast being affected by igor. more a little bit later. >> a lot to watch. >>> let's get a check of some of the other morning's top stories. ann curry is at the news desk. >> in the news over the weekend, indications that iran's on again/off again release of american hiker sarah shourd is on again. sunday iran's judiciary said she can be released on $500,000 bail after being held more than a year. stephanie gosk is following developments. where do things stand? >> reporter: right now shourd is still in custody. herawyer says they're twatding for the $500,000 bail to be cleared and then she wil be released. under the conditions of bail, she's allowed to leave iran but her trial on charges of esonage is going forward along with the trial of the two other u.s. hikers who were arrested with her in 2009. over the weekend u.s. offials said they were cautiously optimistic that showered would be rereleased but intern
. >> that's exactly why -- >> how you used to be a witch? >> because i dabbled into witchcraft. i hung around people who were doing these things. >> having fun? >> i'm not making this stuff up. i know what they told me they do. how many of you didn't hang out with questionable folks in high school? but, there's been no witchcraft since. if there was, karl rove would be a supporter now. >> there woo we have the original statement in 1999. how to this wcheekend's rebutta of that. kelly what do we make? is this a quick way of dispelling that video clip from 1999, to make light of it this weekend? when i talked to christine about various clips, not this one in particular, she says that she was trying to be a pundit and entertaining guest when she appeared on bill maher's show about two dozen times in the late '90s. when you talk about things like witchcraft, when trying to be a credible, serious candidate, 11 years later that is difficult. she did try to make light of it and to brush it off as activities that she did when she was in high school and then trying to have kind of the political
, and in the locker room, as the team and the league open an investigation. she shares her story with us in the studio "early" this tuesday she shares her story with us in the studio "early" this tuesday morning, september 14th, 2010. captioning funded by cbs >>> good tuesday morning. i'm erica hill. great to have you with us here on "the early show." >> it's tuesday. beautiful day outside. i'm harry smith. a lot of people looking at what's going on out in the atlantic. already established igor is a category 4. julia is now a hurricane, as well. they're making their way westward through the atlantic. we'll keep an eye on where they're heading. igor, unfortunately, has got a real bead on bermuda. and our dave price, dr. science himself, will be along in a few minutes to explain exactly where those storms are headed. >> dr. science or dr. weather. a little bit of both. first we turn to politics this morning. the tea party and voter anger. there are more primary lessons today around the country and tea party candidates are hoping to upset more established republicans. cbs news correspondental corresponde
to us. i am going to ask a question to you. we were one of the allies of the united states or the west. would we be treated the same way by the agency? >> the iaea -- >> translator: the iaea, yes. >> the iaea treats -- >> translator: please, please, let me finish. the iaea visit or inspect nuclear facilities or provide any report from those in france or the united states. do they have any access to those facilities? they have no access to those facilities in these countries. >> according to the united nations -- the iaea has, in fact, found grounds for a special procedures in the case of iran, and there are years of sanctions that attest to the fact that iran has not, in the eyes of the world, agreed. in the eyes of russia and china, the strongest allies on the security council. will you let the inspectors in? or if you don't, is there a risk of further hostility? >> translator: we are going to do everything within the framework of the law. we have already allowed them to inspect our facilities, and the iaea has visited our facilities a few times. they should value our opposition. if t
resourcefulness and faith.ad no matter what had been thrown at us, we would emerge stronger because of it. otng i've seen in the nine years since suggests to me that i was wrong. >> jon: that is a >> good morning evnderyone, it's sunday, september 12th, we start with a fox news alert. iran ha vin another chae of heart. their state tv reporting they're now willing to free american hiker sarah shourd ice. we have a live report on all of this in moments. >> and do democrats think their leadership is a liability? the latest strategy ahead of the november elections making it a choice between them or the g.o.p. and ignoring t white house. >> and hurricane igorr igor, depending where you live now the fourth of the season and getting stronger this morning, we're tracking igor, storm, igor in our extme weather center. rick will have that news for you. our slogan from rust in florida. are you looking for morng news, spanning east to west. you've got to catch, aaly, clayton, dave, they're the i best. >> it's "fox & friends." >> don't stir the pot. >> the coetition, russ versus chas for the s
, churning up 40-foot waves. now that rough surf is moving to the u.s. as igor moves up atlantic. full details straight ahead. >>> a new republican taking center stage. indiana congressman mike pence a surprise winner, he beat out newt gingrich, mitt romney, even sarah palin. will he run for president? what do you think about the latest of the christine o'donnell dabbling in witchcraft. we'll talk to him live in just a moment. >> he is coming up. >>> as in the next half hour, we have a major announcement. we're launching a search for the newest member of the "gma" family. anyone can apply. >> our version of "dear abby." >> that's it. >>> we look to hurricane igor. david kerley is some bermuda. >> reporter: hey, george, this is igor right now, it is so big, so massive, the tropical storm winds are going to continue through most of the day. the island getting hammered. the good news, it came ashore, apparently no fatalities. igor, howling through the streets. while igor may be a category 1 as it hits bermuda. this is a massive storm with heavy winds and the storm wall will pound the isla
shourd is released after being held for more than a year. reza sayah will join us from pakistan shortly to tell us more about the release and cost $500,000 to get her bail paid. >>> also happening right now, a multi-state manhunt for this doctor, a phoenix area pediatrician suspected of distributing child porn. the fbi says that the dr. luna may have fled from arizona to texas, california illinois or mexico. all places he has called home some point. last week, the doctor under house arrest and required to wear an angle monitoring bracelet but officers say he just cut it off and bolted. keep in mind this is a man whose jobs is to care for our sick, vulnerable kids. and he's charged with five counts of distributing child pornography in interstate commerce. these neighbors, some children were treated at the suspect's office. >> i don't know why anyone would want to indulge in child pornography. i think it's horrible. >> reporter: doctor luna's arrest shocked parents and neighbors. he is accused of sharing thousands of files of child porn online. >> if in fact he did do it, he should never
explores the way kids are using cough medicine to get high. >>> and, what a special delivery. a baby girl, just born to one of the trapped miners in chile. the name they gave her says so much. >>> good evening. for for 410 days, a 32-year-old american woman was imprisoned in iran. a hiker charged as a spy while her mother, nora, waited and prayed. well, tonight, sarah shourd is coming home, free. amid questions about her health, and the fate of the young americans left behind. one of them, her fiance. our jim sciutto has traveled to iran eight times and he's been following the story from the start. jim? >> reporter: well, diane, her detention became a powerful symbol of the wider standoff between the u.s. and iran, and after several false starts and doubts up to the very last minute, she finally has her freedom. for sarah shourd, 14 months behind bars ended with a joyful reunion with her mother. earlier, she left the tehran prison where she had been held in solitary con foinment for the spotlight and a fright to the persian gulf nation of oman. >> i'm very humbled, the more i learn about
today, largely because it's not very useful. the white house released the president's speech yesterday so everybody could get their head around it and read it in advance. president obama doesn't always stick to the script, but we have a general sense what he'll say. as we wait for the president to begin we're going to tell you about some of the focus points of his speech. now, joining us to talk about it, we've got good people here who know a lot about education. first of all, our cnn education contributor steve perry on the left of the screen in hartford, connecticut. with me here no new york, tony mullen, teaches at-risk students. here with me. he was the 2009 teacher of the year. national teacher of the year. cnn suzanne malveaux is with the president in philadelphia and senior correspondent ed henry at the white house. let me start with steve. steve, what's your sense of what the president is going to say and what value this is going to bring to students and, of course, not just the students across the country who will hear him but their parents and teachers, more importantly? >> w
the game. >> great. >> and so everybody turns out. >> thanks for joining us. i'm cheryl >>> tonight on "world news," a daughter is free. the american hiker in the arms of her mother. out of prison in iran and speaking, forced to leave her fiance and friend behind. >>> and that crisis on a new tape. the massive california gas explosion. what witnesses thought had happened. >>> a cough syrup crackdown. dr. richard besser explores the way kids are using cough medicine to get high. >>> and what a special delivery. a baby girl, just born to one of the trapped miners in chile. the name they gave her says so much. >>> good evening. for 410 days, a 32-year-old american woman was imprisoned in iran. a hiker charged as a spy while her mother, nora, waited and prayed. well, tonight, sarah shourd is coming home, free. amid questions about her health, and the fate of the young americans left behind. one of them, her fiance. our jim sciutto has traveled to iran eight times and he's been following the hikers' story from the start. jim? >> reporter: well, diane, her detention became a powerful symb
? the album? thanks so much for being with us. rolling stones had an album called "black and blue," i know that, you know that. you guys know that over there, right? you know that? we've got guests over here who know about the rolling stone. that's it for us. thanks for being with us. here now, wolf blitzer in the situation room. >>> breaking news. the american hiker released by iran meets with president ahmadinejad. we have details. 9/11, blame and anger. president obama has choice words for iran over allegations that the terror attacks were america's fault. right now, mr. obama's approval rating has sunk to a new low. the best political team on television talks about where the president has gone wrong, how he may pay for it on election day. >>> the mood inside the hearing room in steven colbert's mocking testimony. the tv comic put the spotlight, though, on a serious issue. where the lawmakers are in on the joke. i'm wolf blitzer, you're in "the situation room." >>> but, we begin with a breaking news. a remarkable face-to-face meeting today between the president of iran and the american
manager attacked her. >> i found out that she was living on campaign donations, using them for rent anpersonal expenses while leaving her workers unpaid >> reporter: she found her only hard times actually made her understand voters' anger. >> a lot of people have said that we didn't win the general election. >> reporter: democratic officials are gleeful and called her an ultraright wing extremist. ironically, her supporters used an obama slogan. >> yes we can! >> reporter: a tight race too close to call. former state attorney general, the choice of both the republican establishment and sarah palin against a tea party endorsed conservative activist. on to new york, where the republican nominee for governor is another tea party conservative. real estate developer over the party favorite former favorite rick lazio. rangel beat back several challenges. >> i go back to washington stronger than i have ever been. >> reporter: and back here in delaware, democrats didn't have a primary fight for the senate seat, so chris cooms is the candidate. or donnell who's worked for nonprofit groups is
goodness it's fox. thanks for joining us. we got three complete hours of newscasting that starts now. >> yeah, during rehearsal, it went well. hopefully it will go just as well during the live show. >> all right. breaking news overnight because this is happening in virginia. a woman has been executed for the first time in almost 100 years. theresa lewis was convicted in 2003 of plotting the murder of her husband and stepson. she apparently wanted their insurance money. she died by lethal injection. lewis' final words were for her stepdaughter. >> miss lewis did make a last statement. she said i just want kathy to know i love her. and i'm very sorry. >> protesters were outside the prison arguing that lewis was treated unfairly, apparently he was very close to the i.q. line where you're not supposed to get executed. police trying to figure out who killed a nicaraguan diplomat in his apartment in the bronx here in new york. he was found on the floor. his throat had been slashed. this just hours before he was scheduled to attend the u.n. general assembly. witnesses say there was a figh
anger against the u.s. because of threats to burn the koran, and e controversy over the proped islamic cultural center near ground zero. president ahmadinejad, blames all this on the conspiracy. >> translator: they have no relation, they are in no relati relation- >> reporter: there are jewish leaders working with muslim leaders to build the cultural center in new york city. there's no evidence of what you call zionists groups against it. fidel castro your old friend, fidel castro criticized you for your comments about -- israel and -- translator: i need to talk, to speak. i think you should finish first and then you shouldet me explain. >> reporter: speak. >> what you see in islamic countries ishat the people are against, that ugly behavior. they are not against the people of the united states, they are not against amicans. >> rorter: we see no evidence that there is any such zionist conspiracy. >> reporter: he was equally combative about the ia, wch sharply rebuked iran this week for denying access to the two leading experts on speinspectio teams. >> reporter: they are under pressure
to the two other americans still jailed there? this morning, their mothers join us for a live interview. >>> and zapping the fat. two new devices promise to help give people better-looking bodies without needles, injections, or exercise. can they really work for you? we'll tell you today, wednesday, can they really work for you? we'll tell you today, wednesday, september 15th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm meredith vieira. christine o'donnell virtually unknown just a few weeks ago, but this morning she's officially the gop's candidate for the senate seat vacated by joe biden. >> o'donnell is now the sixth tea party candidate to win a race this year. but this morning, some are saying her win could actually be a costly blow to the republican's hopes of reclaiming control of congress in november. why? we'll explain. and we'll talk to christine o'donnell about her victory, straight ahead. >>> also ahead, for the first time, we're hearing from the connecticut doctor who was the o
is back on u.s. soil this morning. shourd's companions including her fiance are still being held in iran. the three were detained in july, 2009, along the iran-iraq border. nbc's bureau chief is uniquely here in studio with us. good day. glad to have you. >> reporter: good morning, alex. >> what is the latest you're hear being sarah shourd's arrival in the u.s.? >> reporter: she is back. she was meant to get a direct flight from oman to new york, but apparently all these flights were backed up because of the u.n. general assembly in new york. she had to go via washington. her spokesman was quick to point out that this had nothing to do with the debrief or anything in washington. and she's due in new york a little later today where she is going to give a press conference at about 3:00 local time. >> okay. that means she's got five hours to travel here and get settled in. do you have any idea what she is going to say? particularly based on what she has said? she's been very careful with what she has said so far. >> reporter: and i think she's going to continue being very careful. i'm sure
to keep them away from the eastern u.s., but bermuda will probably be in the sites of igor and most likely julia won't affect anything. we can't rule out the eastern coast being affected by igor. we'll have more a little bit later. >> a lot to watch. thanks, al. >>> let's check some of the morning's other top stories. ann curry is at the news desk. good morning, ann. >> good morning, everybody. in the news over the weekend indications that the on again, off again iran release of american hiker sarah shourd is on again. on sunday the judiciary said she can be released on $500,000 bail after being held for more than a year. we're following developments this morning. where do things stand? >> reporter: good morning, ann. right now sarah shourd is still in custody. her lawyer says they are waiting for the $500,000 bail to be cleared and then he expects she will be released. now, under the conditions of bail, she is allowed to leave iran but her trial on charges of espionage is going forward. along with the trial of the two other u.s. hikers arrested with her in 2009. over the weekend u.s. offi
>> it sounded to us yesterday like a willingness by congressman boehner to go to the president's position of keeping middle class tax relief in play. >> they're pressuring but president obama says then' very wealthy n't need it. still the president and democrats are keeping the pressure on the gop trying to highlight the damage they say republicans have done to the economy. this is a new ad from the democratic national committee. >> tax cuts for thbusinesses. those that ship jobs and profits oversees saving multinational corporations $10 billion so to china and india and mexico, boehner has a message. you're welcome. >> maybe movement on middle class tax cuts is enough to turn the tide. the president certainly needs li it. political watchers point to dec many americans think the president is out of touch with the problems of real people. one word to describe the president, most answered disappointing. msnbc political analyst richard wolf joins me now from the whit house. the president made this point of blaming the republicans last week of getting in the way of middle class tax
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. he didn't use a word bullying but it was a message about that conduct. saying when your friends are doing well, don't be jealous of them, be proud of them. watch what they're doing and maybe you can learn something, too. so it's those kinds of sentiments we heard from the president today. should mention the president has been pushing hard on education reforms. his race to the top initiative, a competition for schools for federal funding that makes certain reforms. there's an election here in washington, d.c. today that a lot of people will be watching closely. mayor adrian fenty in a tough re-election battle. a lot of observers in local politics thinks he may not prevail. he hired the chancellor of washington schools. somebody the president and education secretary appointed to as somebody who is good on the issues of reform. we'll see if mayor fenty and michelle reid keep their jobs after today. >> savannah guthrie live at the white house. thank you. >>> an update on american sarah shourd. she's out of the iranian prison and speaking now for the very first time. >> i want to rea
increasingly uncomfortable. >> it is. very uncomfortable. but a lot of us are uncomfortable about some breaking news overnight. the scary and alarming story out of california. 14 people missing who police believe are part of a cult. all that they left behind was a bag holding their cell phones, deeds to their property and letters indicating they were eagerly awaiting the end of the world. police, of course, are taking the matter very seriously and put out an alert fearing they may do harm to themselves. there are special fears for the eight children that are with them. so we'll have more. >> one is 3 years old. >>> the other story we have coming up, you know this being from texas, they love football in texas. it's a way of life down there. now, one town is mourning a star high school quarterback. he had just thrown a touchdown pass when he collapsed and died on friday night. this is just the latest tragedy surrounding high school sports and now there is a new push for mandatory heart screenings before they play sports. we'll get into that debate and tell you what you can do to keep your child s
, what his spokesman said and a host of things. certainly, it sounded tohe us yesterday like there was a willingness by the -- by congressman boehner to go to the president's position of keeping middle class taxelief in play. >> richard wolffe an nbc news political analyst, he joins me live from the white house. you've got this narrative now that john boehner may have stolen the show, if you will, when it comes to the argument that the republicans trying to protect the wealthy and not looking out for the middle class. what are you hearing. >>> >> reporter: the white house thinks there is room for greel or attack. either john boehner opens the do to a possible dpreem agreeme the middle class tax cuts or the move the republicans ar just playing politics. it'sot very personal. both men hve taken to twiter, gibbs and boehner taken to twitter to air criticism mz. we so show the twitter feeds. robert gibbs, the press secretary, has id, don't forget this handy clip and save the graphic of the k street cabinet april black and white photo doesn'tdo the tan justice, a reference "the ne
, with parents and teachers. >> wow. what does that mean? michelle rhee joins us live this hour. >>> the latest on the american hiker just freed from iranian prison and pleaing for the release of her fiancee and friend still jailed in teheran. good afternoon, everyone. andrea mill el is on assignment. primaries sending shock waves through the gop. an establishment pick has gone down in defeat. this time, the tea party candidate christine o'donnell coming out of nowhere to send congressman mike castle packing. the republicans' dream of retaking the senate may be gone, too. "the washington post" managing editor of postpolitics tonight come and also a msnbc contributor and jonathan alter is an analyst and national affairs columnist for "newsweek" magazine and author of "the promi promise." what a night in politics. unbelievable stuff. jonath jonathan, i spoke with the national senatorial committee chairman saying we are behind her, sending her the mass numb $42,000 from the committee. chairman cornyn sending her a check about his pac. what's this all disunity? [ inaudible ] chris, i can't hear jon
on fox and cbs. palin tweeted of o'donnell's strategy, time's limited. use it to connect with local voters whom you'll be serving versus appeasing national media who are seeking your destruction." palin spoke at a dinner in iowa where she suggested that the republican party send some of its stars to campaign in the south, others to the west and rove -- >> karl, go to -- here, you can come to iowa. and karl rove and the other leaders who will see the light and realize that these are normal, hard-working, patriotic americans. >> reporter: palin told fox she'd be willing to give running for president a shot if the american people decided she was their candidate. some clearly hope she does not. >> i didn't think she was ready to be president of the united states in 2008, and i'm not sure she would be in 2012. >> and, george, the white house is denying a report in "the new york times" today saying one of the ideas they're kicking around is a national ad campaign tying the republican party to more extremist elements of the tea party. the white house says there is
protests in tehran, trying to exploited anger against the u.s. because of threats to burn the koran and the controversy over the proposed islamic cultural center near ground zero. president ahmadinejad, blames all this on what he calls a zionist conspiracy. >> translator: we believe there is a minority in the united states and they are zionists. they have no religion. they believe in no religion. >> there are jewish leaders working with muslim leaders to build the cultural center in new york city. there's no evidence of elite what you call zionists groups against it. fidel castro, your old friend, fi dell castro, criticized you for your comments about israel and -- >> translator: i need to talk, to speak. >> excuse me. >> translator: i think you should finish first, and then you should let me explain. >> speak. >> translator: what you see in islamic countries is what the people are against, that ugly behavior. they are not against the people of the united states, they are not against americans. >> we see no evidence that there is any such zionist con spour si. >> reporter: he was eq
by crews? were they all in one house or elsewhere? >> police have not given us very many details about what they have found and where they have found it. as you know, there was the epicenter up on the hill about a mile and a half from where we're standing here. there was so much damage csed by the blast, investigators are trying to determine who the dead are. they've certainly identified to us three of the dead. but we know there are seven total. we're also told some six premium miss. it's been three days since the blast and there is still confusio after the blast and today still some uncertainty and a few hours here, we're expecting a news conferenceer t happen right here at this location and potentially ge an update on the number of victims and how many people investigators are still lookingo for. >> let's look for good news here. how about people being able to return to their homes to visit them and retrieve rebelongings? >> there's several hundred people still evacuated. the houses have been labelled in three different categories, green, yellow and red. greens folks will be able to retu
, right now at red lobster. >>> developing now -- iran says it's ready to release a female u.s. hiker held for more than a year. is there a catch again? >>> new word on that massive fire near san francisco today. officials are now changing the number of those dead and missing. >>> single class families. >> the middle class mantra, president obama plans another week pushing the economy. a report on a new message from the white house. >>> cashing in the sexy spy trying to make money in a new way. plus -- ♪ >> why the commercial jingle is making a comeback. we'll get to that. meantime good morning, everyone. i'm alex witt. welcome to "msnbc sunday." it's 10:00 on the east coast, 7:00 out west. sharp words from a top white house adviser thismorning as both parties stake out their positions on the economy. on "meet the press" this morning, david axelrod blasted republican calls to extend the bush era tax cuts and taking on one republican by name. >> the man who would be speaker has said about what he wants to do about the economy, he says he wants to restore those tax cuts for companies that
here's to the owners showing us the way. [trumpet playing "reveille" fades to silence] >>> break news. iran says it is ready to release a female u.s. hiker held for more than a year, but is there catch guahen. >>> new word on that massive fire near san francisco today. officials are now changing the number of those ad and missing. >> middle class families, middle class families. >> you got that in the middle class mantra. president obama plans another week pushing the economy. a report on the new message from the white house. >>> cashing in that sexy russian spy is back in the headlines. now it appears she is trying to make money in a new way. and good morning to all of you. welcome to msnbc sunday. breaking news out of iran this morning. officials now say they will release an american hiker held in that will country for more than a year. sarah shourd has been one of three detained since last year. her iranian lawyers say she could be released in the next two or three days, a major abo face for iran. she is one of three american hikers accused of spying. shane baueand josh fattal
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